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Coast Guard bill passes House, onward to Senate

The U.S. House passed H.R. 3409 – the Coast Guard Authorization Act, with funding for the Coast Guard and Federal Maritime Commission through 2021. According to the office of U.S. Congressman Don Young, the measure has several Alaska-specific provisions supported by Congressman Young. The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

Alaska-specific provisions supported by Congressman Young in this legislation include:

  • Language mandating that the Coast Guard complete a route study on the Chuckchi Sea, Bering Strait, and Bering Sea within one year as well as complete a route study on the Alaska Arctic coast within five years to help facilitate the movement of vessel traffic.
  • Two coastwise endorsements for Alaska operators to support the state’s tourism industry.
  • Clarifies conveyance of Coast Guard property at Point Spencer to be carried out in a timelier manner.
  • Relief for small and uninspected passenger vessels rebuilt in the United States to allow domestic use along coasts.
  • Establishing of a demonstration program through the Coast Guard to assess the feasibility of using unmanned aircraft systems for operations in the Arctic.
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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • The Coast GuArd should have the same status as all the other military support. Having Coast Guard salaries withheld during the past government shut down was irreparable. Absolutely no way to treat our enlisted military. Hopefully the Senate will add an amendment to this bill.

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